Trump spooked Pentagon with almost-sent tweet on North Korea

President Donald Trump responds to a reporters question during an event with sheriffs in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday Sept. 5 2018

In the Times op-ed, the unnamed senior Trump administration official attacked the President's "amorality" and reckless decision-making and said he or she is part of a "resistance" working to thwart Trump's worst impulses.

Actually, Guthrie's question was a softball, giving Woodward a chance to explain, somewhat confusingly, that his sources might be anonymous but the "incidents" are not.

"He drafts a tweet saying 'We are going to pull our dependents from South Korea - family members of the 28,000 people there, '" Woodward told CBS.

Concluded Trump's tweet, "Bob Woodward is a liar who is like a Dem operative prior to the Midterms".

At a National Security Council meeting on January 19, the president "disregarded the significance of the massive US military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allowed the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska", The Post reported.

Pushing back against explosive reports his own administration is conspiring against him, President Donald Trump lashed out against the anonymous senior official who wrote a New York Times opinion piece claiming to be part of a "resistance" working "from within" to thwart his most unsafe impulses.

"I don't know why they're there", Trump reportedly told top officials during a meeting, according to Woodward's explosive book.




Woodward reiterated that he interviewed more than 100 people for his deep dive inside the Trump White House and that his reporting is "meticulous and careful". The book - "Fear: Trump in the White House" - officially hits the shelves on Tuesday. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction.

The Vice President also argued that the author of the Times article was guilty of more than just disloyalty.

"This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea", Donald Trump said in reference to North Korea holding a military parade without the customary display of nuclear weapons.

Trump also insisted that the White House is a "smooth running machine". Dems can't stand losing. "It is mostly anonymous sources in here", Trump quoted Guthrie. He accused the media of trying to undermine the Trump administration and said he found that "incredibly disturbing".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to the accomplishments of the current Congress when asked about the op-ed during an interview on Fox News.

"In that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, my God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as "an attack is imminent", Woodward said.

"You want to use the "lie" word, what I want to do is focus on ... here's the problem, this has not been treated seriously enough ... and some of the things that Trump did (and does) jeopardized the real national security", he said.

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